Tarique Qayumi fled Afghanistan as a refugee in the back of a truck with his mother as a child. He received an MFA in Film from UCLA and trained with Judith Weston to work with actors. In the first four years of his career, while working in a warzone for Afghanistan's largest station, he directed over 25 hours of TV, including two seasons of SESAME STREET. In Kabul, he learned to thrive under tremendous pressure, and always came in on time and budget. Returning to Canada, Tarique wrote, directed, edited, and shot BLACK KITE, which opened at TIFF and won the Leo Award for Best Director, Best Writer, and Best Film. He also has shadowed on VIKINGS for the CORUS-NSI Diversity Program. Tarique just finished a mini-project using virtual production technology first used on THE MANDALORIAN.
Meridian Artists - Courtenay Bainbridge
Roles: Director, Writer
Type: Indie Feature